Motorcycle speakers provide a perfect gift for bikers in your life. With all the noise and wind while on a bike, it cannot be easy to hear any music, so installing some motorcycle speakers makes sense. Here’s what you need to know about motorcycle speakers!
- Why would I want to install motorcycle speakers?
While it comes down to personal preference, there are a few reasons why motorcycle speakers are a good idea. For one, they help you to hear the music that you’re listening to while on a bike, which is important if you don’t want to miss a beat. Installing motorcycle speakers makes your bike look better because it adds visual appeal as well as functionality. I wanted to install motorcycle speakers on my ride because I wanted to be able to hear GPS directions and my music. This was important because I wanted to have my hand’s free while on the bike.
- How do I hook the speakers up?
The installation process differs depending on the specific motorcycle and type of speakers that you have. It’s challenging (if not impossible) to add an amplifier into some motorcycles, which is why it’s a good idea to make sure that your bike has a pre-out connection before purchasing your motorcycle speakers.
Most options on the market offer a 3.5 mm jack, which is a pretty standard size used in most MP3 players. Hooking up the speakers is pretty simple, but if you’ve never done it before, you might want to know the steps involved.
It would help if you powered the speakers, which means hooking them up to the battery. You can do this using your fuse box or some other wires. Hook up your speakers to the amplifier and then run a wire to the radio unit to get sound from the speakers.
The installation process is very much based on your own motorcycle, so make sure you look into it before purchasing anything separately. The good news is that many manufacturers include installation instructions, along with video tutorials online.
- Will installing motorcycle speakers void my warranty?
That’s a question that pops up a lot. Of course, the answer to any question regarding warranties is ‘it depends.” If you take the bike into a service center to install the motorcycle speakers, you probably won’t run into any issues. When it comes to doing this yourself, there is some risk involved, and it may void your warranty. I would advise having them do it for you and have a warranty extension if possible.
- How much will these motorcycle speakers cost me?
There are many affordable options for motorcycle speakers, but you can easily spend thousands of dollars on a set if you want to. A good alternative is to go with a set that the same manufacturer makes of your bike. The cost will vary depending on the specific unit you decide to go with, but generally speaking, they aren’t going to cost you all that much money.
I had tried some of the cheapest alternatives online, and I was impressed by their build quality. I would suggest having a closer look and hear them in person if you can. There are some gems out there for sure, but you want to make sure you’re getting something that’s going to blow you away.
- Should I go for a CD or flash-based player for a better sound system on my bike?
Well, that depends on your music collection. If you have CDs and USB flash drives, you may want to stick with the CD player. However, if you tend to listen to MP3s that are loaded onto a flash drive, then a good idea would be to go with the full-blown MP3 player. I haven’t used CD in recent years and rely on USB or 3.5mm AUX inputs to play music. The good news is that most options on the market allow for great connectivity, so you’ll be able to play any music you want.
- Do I need to buy waterproof speakers?
Not really, but it’s certainly a good idea in case the weather turns nasty. The speaker cones can take water spray no problem, but the internals isn’t going to be able to handle any submerging. If you live in a rainy area, I would go with waterproof motorcycle speakers to ensure that they can handle almost any weather situation.
- Are there any special features I should be looking for in motorcycle speakers?
The most important thing to consider is how well the speakers will be able to tolerate different weather conditions. You should look for a waterproof option if you can. Other than that, there is nothing specific that you need to look for. Just make sure the speakers have a good sound quality, with good bass and mid-range sounds.